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Betty Mitchell Collection, 1948-1987 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

By Elizabeth Hartman

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Collection Overview

Title: Betty Mitchell Collection, 1948-1987Add to your cart.

ID: 3/RG 4/FP17-8-F5

Primary Creator: Mitchell, Betty (Betty Lou)

Extent: 5.0 Cubic Feet

Date Acquired: 02/10/1998

Subjects: Morris, Delyte W., 1906-1982, Southern Illinois State Normal University - History, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville., Vietnam War, 1961-1975 - Protest movements

Forms of Material: Morris, Delyte W., 1906-1982 - Correspondence, Morris, Delyte W., 1906-1982 - Interviews, Morris, Delyte W., 1906-1982 - Photographs, Southern Illinois State Normal University - Photographs, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale - History - Photographs

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection contains Betty Mitchell's research for her biography of Deltye W. Morris. It is composed of correspondence, speeches, reports, meeting minutes, newspaper and magazine clippings, Morris's calendar, as well as tapes and transcripts of the interviews Mitchell conducted with those who knew Morris, along with Morris himself and his family. The research spans from Morris's elementary school report cards, to his time as a Professor of Speech, to his legacy at Southern Illinois University, to a transcript of his eulogy.

Mitchell's research includes general university as well, from its time as a small teacher's college to a multi-campus, internationally recognized research university system, as Morris played a significant role in the growth, expansion, and development of the university. Campus unrest for political and administrative reasons was prevalent around of the time of Morris's resignation, and as such, is documentened here in newspaper clippings, reports, and correspondence. The included newpaper clippings and correspondence also concern the University House controversy, the autonomy of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and the role of universities in public affairs.

Collection Historical Note

Betty Mitchell graduated with a doctorate in English from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 1950. She taught English at the university from 1951 to 1997. She received a Distinguished Service Award from the university in 1998. She has published several books on Carbondale history: Delyte Morris of SIU in 1988; Southern Illinois: A Pictoral History in 1993; and Carbondale, A Pictoral History in 2001.

Biographical Note

Betty Mitchell’s 51-year association with Southern Illinois University Carbondale began when she enrolled as a freshman in 1945.  She earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in English in 1949 and 1950, respectively.  She began teaching in the English Department in 1949 as a graduate assistant and then as a faculty member.  As an English professor she helped create the Writing Across the Curriculum program and developed the English 290 and 391 courses.  She also published 4 books: Delyte Morris of SIU (1988), Southern Illinois University: a Pictorial History (1993), 100 Years: the Women’s Club of Carbondale, and Carbondale: a Pictorial History (1991).  She died in 2000.

Mitchell was actively involved in Greek life at SIUC, joining the Alpha Gamma Delta Fraternity in 1945.  She served as its advisor from 1952-1998, as secretary for the alumnae chapter from 1959-1997, and edited “Inside Southern,” the group’s alumnae newsletter, from 1963-1996.  She served the SIU and Carbondale community in numerous other roles including Girl Scout leader, the Carbondale Public Library Board and YMCA Board, President’s Council Committee of the SIU Foundation, Carbondale City Panhellenic, the Magic Mentor program, the American Heart Association, faculty representative to the NCAA committee, and the Carbondale Arts Festival,

Mitchell received numerous awards from both the University and the community. She received the SIUC Distinguished Service Award, the Lindell W. Sturgis Memorial Public Service Award (1984), the COLA Outstanding Teacher Award, the Outstanding Greek Advisor Award, the Student Affairs Service Award, the Inter-Greek Council award, the Carbondale Panhellenic Woman of the Year Award, the city of Carbondale’s Citizen of the Year Award, and the Arc of Epsilon Pi with Diamonds for service to Alpha Gamma Delta.

Subject/Index Terms

Morris, Delyte W., 1906-1982
Southern Illinois State Normal University - History
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 - Protest movements

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Access Restrictions: Unlimited access.

Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Acquisition Source: Accession MSS 1588 received from Betty Mitchell.

Related Materials: Other oral history recordings and transcripts documenting Delyte Morris's Southern Illinois University presidency can be found in the Delyte Morris Oral Histories (FP 17-25-F3) and the Ben Gelman Collection (1-4-2-F1).

Preferred Citation: [Item], Betty Mitchell Tape Collection, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Processing Information: Processed by Elizabeth Hartman in August-September 2013.

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Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Delyte Morris Biography - Draft, circa 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Delyte Morris Biography - Working Draft, circa 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Morris Biography Research - Morris correspondence, clippings, reports, 1958 November 8-1970 May 13Add to your cart.
General studies program; objectives of the university; family housing; Morris's inauguration; Letters to Parents; Commencement exercises.
Folder 4: Morris Biography Research - correspondence, clippings, yearbooks, papers, 1925-1983Add to your cart.
R. Buckminster Fuller's account of Morris and Southern Illinois University; John E. Grinnell's account of Morris; Little Grassy Lake Outdoor Education Program; Chronological list of conferences and correspondence of Morris; "A History of American Speech and Hearing Association.
Folder 5: Morris Biography Research - correspondence, reports, 1915-1935Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Morris Biography Research - correspondence, 1935-1948Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Morris Biography Research - University Informational and Promotional Pamphlets, 1946-1990Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Morris Biography Research - University History - chronologies, registers, clippings, reports, 1870-1991Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Morris Biography Research - pamphlets, photos, reports, 1868-1969Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Delyte Morris of SIU dust jacket, circa 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Morris Biography Research - Morris Inauguration booklet, 1949 May 5Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Morris Biography Research - Morris's date book, 1948 September-DecemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Morris Biography Research - Morris's date book, 1949 January-JuneAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Morris Biography Research - Morris's date book, 1949 July-DecemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Morris Biography Research - Morris's date book, 1950Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Morris Biography Research - Morris's date book, 1951Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Morris Biography Research - Morris's date book, 1952Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Morris Biography Research - Morris's date book, 1953Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Morris Biography Research - Morris's date book, 1954Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Morris Biography Research - Morris's date book, 1955Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Morris Biography Research - Morris's date book, 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Morris Biography Research - Morris's date book, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Morris Biography Research - Morris's date book, 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Morris Biography Research - Morris's date book, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Morris Biography Research - Alumnus Article on Morris, 1970 SeptemberAdd to your cart.

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